After the provincial budget was tabled in the provincial parliament by Finance Minister Ivan Meyer on 3 March, the budgetary process continues with meetings of the various standing committees to consider the different budgets votes of the portfolios in the Schedule to the Western Cape Appropriation Bill [B2-2016]. These committee meetings are scheduled from 7 to 16 March.
The Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture will consider the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) Licencing Company Bill [B 5-2015] at public hearings on 1 and 2 March.
The purpose of the bill is to: regulate the operations of the Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company SOC Ltd; provide for the shareholding of the Western Cape Government in the Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company SOC Ltd; provide for the objects, functions and governance of the Saldanha Bay IDZ Licencing Company SOC Ltd; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.
Premier Helen Zille delivered her State of the Province Address on 19 February. The debate on the State of the Province Address will take place on 23 February at 10:00 in the WCPP Chamber.
Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, delivered her 2016 State of the Province Address (SOPA) during the Sitting of the House on 19 February.
The occasion also marked the official opening of the Provincial Parliament for the Third Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Western Cape. The event was attended by approximately 230 guests that included members of the Cape Town consular corps, municipal Speakers and mayors, religious leaders and other dignitaries.
The Ambassador of Switzerland, Ms Helene Budliger Artiega, accompanied by the Swiss Consul General, Ms Bernadette Hunkeler Brown, paid Speaker Sharna Fernandez a courtesy visit on 2 February. In their informal discussions, both parties shared information of mutual importance aimed at strengthening and maintaining the good relationship between Switzerland and the WCPP. Areas covered included research partnerships, renewable energy, trade and industry, tourism and training.
The official opening ceremony of the Western Cape Provincial Parliament will take place on Friday, 19 February 2016. The Premier will deliver her State of the Province Address during the sitting at 10:30.
Speaker Sharna Fernandez, hosted a breakfast in commemoration of International Day for Persons with Disabilities at the Western Cape Provincial Parliament on 3 December.